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Fears raised over school parking

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 10, 2013

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A CONCERNED mother has raised fears over her child’s safety as he makes his way to and from school.

Mother of two Susi Ludlow raised concerns after her 11-year-old son Benjamin was nearly knocked down when he crossed Festival Road near Rykneld Primary School, in Main Street, Branston.

She says the congested streets and vehicles illegally parked on double yellow lines make crossing the road dangerous.

Mrs Ludlow, 33, of King Street, told the Mail: “He nearly got mowed down because he couldn’t see to cross safely because of illegally parked cars on the yellow lines and cars flying up and down the road.

“Drivers are going round the corner at goodness knows how many miles per hour and some parents just pull up on the road on the lines.

“There can be between 10 and 20 cars parked, they are always parked close to each other and there are a lot of people carriers. It’s extremely dangerous.”

Mrs Ludlow, who drives Benjamin to school but parks at her parent’s house in Festival Road, said she has written letters about her concerns to the school, police and Burton MP Andrew Griffiths.

She said: “The school have put it in their newsletter but some parents just don’t seem to care.

“I would like somebody – even if it’s just a PCSO – to come around every day at school leaving time and that could deter people from parking illegally.”

Gary Staddon, head teacher at Rykneld Primary, told the Mail he was aware of some motorists ‘parking illegally or dangerously’ outside the school.

He said: “We are concerned about the children’s safety and we take it very seriously.

“We send regularly reminders to parents in our newsletters.

“The fact is that some parents park on the double yellow lines which can be dangerous.”

Mr Staddon added he was working on initiatives with the area’s PCSO, Leigh Yeomans, to reduce the dangers children face on their way to school.

Mr Staddon said: “There’s nothing set in stone yet but we have initiatives encouraging children to walk to school and we hope to get local companies to make use of their parking space.”

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